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Clark Alec (Aberdeen)

 Alec Clark (Aberdeen) Alec Clark was born on 22nd July 1922 in Virginia Street, Aberdeen. The second eldest child, he came from a large family of thirteen children, although four of these died young.  The […]

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Johnson Charley

Charley Johnson This piece is by Charlie Johnson himself I was born in a little terraced house at 39, Elbow Street, Old Hill, Staffordshire, on 19th July 1924 the youngest of four. One died in infancy […]

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Robertson Archie

Archie Robertson Archibald Harold Mann Robertson was born in 1886, the son of a bishop. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Oxford, gaining the distinction of winning a first in philosophy and passing into […]

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Browne Joan Dillon

Joan Dillon Browne Joan Dillon was born on 4th July 1912 in Stockport and attended the nearby Fylde Lodge school. Then came Somerville College, Oxford, where she graduated in history and trained as a secondary […]

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Jones Walter (Cllr)

Walter Jones (Cllr) Walter Jones won a seat as a councillor as a Communist Party candidate in Risca, a small town that is today part of the Newport conurbation, lying at the south-eastern edge of […]

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Boulton Emmy

Emmy Boulton Emmeline Boulton was born in Openshaw, Manchester, to James, an engineer, and Emily, a weaver. Emmeline’s mother was to become a member of the Communist Party. No doubt this had an impact on […]

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Dixon Bob

   Bob Dixon Dixon was born on 29th November 1931 in Spennymoor, Co. Durham, then a mining village. He was brought up by his grandmother, only to discover when he was a 14-year old grammar […]

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Webb Jack

Jack Webb   J F, or Jack, Webb was elected on at least three occasions the President of his local co-operative society in Bristol despite systematic attempts by the right-wing to remove and bar him from standing. He was […]

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Levitas Max

Max Levitas Like his brother Maurice Levitas (see separate entry), Max Levitas was the son of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and Latvia who had fled the anti-Semitic pogroms of Tsarist Russia in 1912, thereby escaping […]

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Cook Dave

Dave Cook Born the eldest son to his family in Warrington in 1941, Cook’s father was a civil engineer. They settled in Solihull, where he attended grammar school, standing as a Communist in a mock […]